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Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

A Wild Show

It’s a pretty wild world out there – and we bring you the wonder of it. Meet animals daily in our Close Encounters (fall-winter) – you never know who you’ll see. Then come back in spring for our brand new live animal show!

Discover Wild Wonders

Close Encounters
12pm daily
A sloth? A lynx? You never know who you'll meet at a Close Encounter. Sit close-up to animals as zookeepers explain just what makes them so wonderful.
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Find it
in the zoo
Head straight downhill from the central plaza and you’ll spot the theater, with its partially covered seating and ADA-accessible ramp. Be sure to get there early for a good spot.
Plan your day

Meet the stars!

Herald
Mazie
Siesta
Orchid
Bach
Twiggy
Scooter
Clark
Gonzo
Tilli
Tahoma

Protecting Wildlife

Saved from extinction.

THE THREAT: Some of our animal ambassadors in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater are from species that are threatened in the wild: bald eagles, Canada lynx, clouded leopard.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that humans can help save animal species. We brought bald eagles back from the brink of extinction. We can save others.

Wild Stories

One, two, 200! The 2019 Sea Otter Count

On a fine day this summer, Stephanie Rager, staff biologist at the Zoo’s Rocky Shores habitat, went for a hike. After three miles and a lot of uphill walking at the remote edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, she arrived with two other women at the rocky outcrop of Sand Point. There they set up a … Continued

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Walrus Training

Cindy Roberts and Sheriden Ploof stood in long rubber boots on the edge of the walrus pool, metal bucket in hand. For the two Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium staff biologists, it was a bittersweet moment. Basilla and Kulusiq, the zoo’s two female walruses, were leaving for a new home in sunny San Diego – … Continued

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Feeding Chiquita

It’s possibly the best job in the world. Adrienne Umpstead, staff biologist at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater, sits in a pool of sunlight just near the tamandua habitat. One foot propped on a stool, her lap is covered with a small pillow and fleece blanket. One hand is poised with a bottle; the other … Continued

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Other Animal Stars
Get to know all the animals in our Wild Wonders show and Close Encounters! Find the full list here.